The Federal Trade Commission is notorious for causing trouble among hospital organizations that want to merge. This week it ruled against ProMedica, which has enacted a partnership with St. Luke's Hospital in Ohio. But the agency's enforcement efforts are getting tougher rather than easier. >>>
Physicians are crossing their fingers—once again—as Congress nears a January 1 deadline to consider a "doc fix" or a 27.4% cut to Medicaid services. >>>
At this year's Institute for Healthcare Improvement forum, leading-edge healthcare providers are thinking in detailed and creative ways about just what form changes to our healthcare system must take. >>>
Since the state law allowing financial penalties for immediate jeopardy incidents took effect in 2007, nearly one in four California hospitals has been ordered to pay for violations such as retained foreign objects and medication errors. >>>
As 2011 winds down, we review our most popular online stories of the year. Quality concerns, readmissions, accountable care organizations, value-based purchasing, and uncertainty about the future of healthcare all share the spotlight. >>>
Chicago Tribune, December 12, 2011
Denver Post/Reuters, December 12, 2011
The Washington Post, December 9, 2011
HealthLeaders Media, December 8, 2011
HealthLeaders Media Staff, December 1, 2011
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